New Castle celebrates Cinco de Mayo with 2nd annual block Party Saturday
For the second year in a row, the small town of New Castle will throw a big block party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Saturday.
“I think one of the important things is that this is something that all parts of the community come to,” Town Councilor Bruce Leland said of the Cinco de Mayo Block Party now in its second year.
“The Council is very supportive of anything that lets the members of the community get together, meet one another and have fun together.”
The town closes off a portion of Main and Fifth Street for the block party that features live music, food, drinks, a piñata and face painting.
Mariachi band Entusiasmo Norte will provide the live entertainment and local area establishments including Elk Creek Mining Co., Hogback Pizza, 2 Coronas Mexican Bar & Grill, Baires Empanadas, Spirits of Downtown New Castle and Glenwood Canyon Brewpub will supply an assortment of tastes and sips.
Attendees may purchase food and drink tickets at the block party.
Admittance into the closed off portions of the downtown, however, remains free of charge.
All net proceeds from food and drink tickets will benefit New Castle’s River Center.
Founded in 2010 the nonprofit River Center provides numerous outreach programs and classes to the local community with the help of countless volunteers.
“[The River Center] provides food for kids, they provide coats in the winter and there is probably seven or eight outreach programs that they do to help people in need,” Leland said.
The Cinco de Mayo Block Party takes place on May 4 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“I actually was told that many, many years ago they used to have a block party on Fifth Street,” Dr. Lauren Roper of New Castle Dental explained.
Roper, herself, helped bring back the Cinco de Mayo Block Party last year and was determined to keep the family-friendly event alive. “We wanted to bring that back. And, since it’s Cinco de Mayo … and we’re on Fifth Street it just all seemed like something fun to do.”
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